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No-Code & The Future of Programming

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If you’re a part of the tech community, chances are you’ve heard about the “no-code” movement.

No-code is essentially a toolkit many platforms offer as a way to create web and mobile apps without writing code.

No-Code Platforms Offer Opportunities to Citizen Developers

For a person that is not a developer, creating a website without using a no-code platform would take months or even years to accomplish. Nowadays, creating a simple web app can be done in a few hours or less.

As a result, these no-code platforms have sprung a new generation of developers called “citizen” developers. These citizen developers may not have coding experience, but they use no-code tools to create solutions for their businesses.

Citizen developers could become more important in the coming years as the demand for programming talent increases. In fact, according to the International Monetary Fund, the demand for developers will be in the millions:

By 2030, there will be a global shortage of more than 85 million tech workers, representing $8.5 trillion in lost annual revenue, according to management consulting firm Korn Ferry, based in Los Angeles.

Citizen developers and no-code tools help bridge the gap. No-code tools help developers with coding experience focus on priority tasks. Outsourcing the rest to citizen developers. Additionally, experienced coders can utilize no-code tools to speed up their workflow.

Here’s How It Works:

Instead of writing out lines of code, you can drag and drop “blocks” of code to perform specific functions within an app.

Screenshot from the Bubble.io website

1. Bubble.io is one such no-code platform. As you can see above, you have the option to add text, videos, popups, data inputs, plugins, and much more. All without typing a single line of code.

Screenshot from the Zapier.com website

2. Zapier is another no-code platform that allows you to “connect the apps you use everyday.”

Check out the cool Gmail → Dropbox → Slack integration highlighted on their website.

With over 2,000 compatible apps on their platform, there really is no limit to the amount of processes you can automate in order to streamline your productivity.

Screenshot from Sheets2Site.com website

3. Sheets2Site. This no-code platform allows people to create entire websites using only Google sheets.

Will No-Code Replace Traditional Programming?

As the years go by, we can expect no-code platforms to improve and add enhanced functionalities. Think about this, when the computer first emerged in 1970, one needed to code to perform basic functions. Now you can perform a million tasks on your computer without ever looking at a line of code.

No-Code Platforms Will Continue to Improve, but Will They Ever Eliminate the Need for Coding Altogether?

That’s doubtful. Right now, it would be very difficult to build a full-scale enterprise level application utilizing only no-code development. In the future, no-code platforms may be able to accomplish this, but by then we will likely have a more advanced set of needs.

Sharpening Your No-Code Skills

As I stated earlier, no-code can help streamline your workflow as an average Joe or even as an experienced developer. Echo Me Forward recently hosted a workshop led by Erik Goins of Automate Intelligently, where viewers were shown how to create an e-commerce application using a no-code platform.

There are also resources like this one from NoCode, where you can learn the ins and outs of no-code development based on your current experience level.

As mentioned in our previous article, it’s always a good idea to continue sharpening your skills if you have a career in tech. Learning no-code might be the skill you need to take your career to the next level.

Andrew Foronda is 24-year-old freelance writer from Philadelphia. He loves reading science fiction, hiking, and eating sushi. He also enjoys discovering new trends in business, technology, and space travel. Andrew started his writing career shortly after leaving college, when he discovered that you didn’t need to be an author to become a career writer. He hopes to continue writing for a long time about topics that he finds interesting. His favorite book of all time is Dune by Frank Herbert. If he had one word to describe himself it would be “chill.”

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